Monday, June 30, 2008

Good night-time excuse?

Last night Chad and I were in our room catching up on last week's The Next Food Network Star, when Colin came stumbling in from his bedroom, where he was supposed to be going to sleep.

"I can't go to sleep because I just keep missing Myrtle Beach!"

And why shouldn't he? He had the time of his life. The kid, who a year ago wouldn't let the waves lap at his feet, has turned into a 5 year old boogie-boarding nut. We all had a wonderful time at the beach, but he definitely had the best time.


*Let me just note that Chad was by his side the entire time and we never let him go out too far. But I was so shocked by his sudden onset of bravery. Even when he ate it and went under a couple of times he never got frazzled.

11 comments:

Christie said...

Yay for brave Colin!

Bob said...

A kid after my own heart. Go Colin!

Linda, Mom and Granny said...

I LOVE THAT KID!!
Seeing Dad's comment, I think the reason I love Colin so much!! I just loves surfers.

Chad said...

He was such an animal on the waves - It was great. We were at the beach for about 3 hours on Saturday and it wasn't nearly enough time.

On a side note, we went to our 5th Timeshare presentation and this is our running total of free goodies, in chronological order: 3 Tickets to Medieval Times and $25 "Medieval Bucks" (A Coffee mug essentially), $100 Cash, 2 Tickets to Sea World, 2 Tickets to Disneyworld, 3 Days/2 Nights at the luxurious Holiday Inn and $50 Carrabas gift card (Not bad for 10 Hours of our time). Lot of free stuff for something that Katie and I really don't mind doing at all. They always are generous with the soda and snacks and its kind of cool touring these nice hotels.
Now, with that being said, during the course of these 5 presentations, I have not once been remotely tempted to pull the trigger on one. If anyone needs help being talked out of one, please call me and I'll talk you off the ledge. For example, they wanted $30K (much more than past presentations) and about $700/year in maintenance fees for essentially a week of 3br/2ba accomodations. I hopped online that night and found 6 or 7 rental listings in the same complex we were being sold at for between $600-$700 week, and that is anywhere in the US. Bobby and Sabina went with us last year to Orlando using my grandparents timeshare, and those go for about 15K and $700-800/month (2br/2ba) and they rent for about the same as the Myrtle Beach one. So the question is, why should I pay you $20-30K for something I can rent for the same price as the maintenance fees and do that anywhere in the World - I will never own timeshares unless the industry changes drastically...it just doesn't make fiscal sense and I think the Internet is going to kill it unless they change.

Katie said...

CHAD! I am doing a post on the timeshare, trust me :O)

Ash said...

So what did you do with the kids while you were listening to the presentations? And how do you get to do stuff like this? When I worked for the one day at telemarketing company we were trying to get people to go and listen to a timeshare thingy and I thought it sounded like a pretty sweet deal.

Audra said...

I should take a tour and bring all our kids with us. I am sure they will be over and done with us in record time!!! I bet they would not even insist on showing us the rooms. They would give us extra tickets just to get us to leave early! Hahaha! And I will let the kids run all over the place, and speak non-stop in really loud Tagrinya and yell "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy... Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom..." all they want without once stopping them!

They do that at home, but are really good in public, generally speaking... but for a time share tour I would let them let loose!

I have only been to 1 time share presentation and the guy almost made me cry. He said in your life you HAVE to go into debt for 3 things, 1) a house 2) a car 3) a time-share! WHAT THE HECK! And when I told him I just used my grandma's time shares he asked me if I wanted to live off grandma's $ for the rest of my life in a really condecending tone. To that I replied... "Wouldn't you if you could?" Hahaha! Stupid jerk! Hahaha... so I do not like them and will continue to rent my piece of crap expedia deals.

Meredith said...

oh wow---this isnt just a Dave thing---we've gone to Las Vegas & Branson on time-share freebies---plus your assortment of gift certificates, duffel bags, cameras--etc---and we were never tempted---just said "we have 6 kids"---

Kari said...

Sounds like you guys had a fabulous time at the beach! Gives me hope for my chicken-little Ezra. Swim lessons start on Monday, so I'm looking for the courage to come up any day now.

It sounds like you two could really take this time-share act on the road. Think about the possiblities! No more sweating it out at that boring ol' job, and here's the best part: The more kids you have, the quicker they'll want to get you out the door. Permanent vacation!

Chad said...

Who told you my job was boring...have you been talking to my boss? What did he say? Am I being let go? What's going on Kari? Sorry if Im a little high-strung - you never know with the Countrywide merger...:).

Kari said...

Oh, it's nothing, Chad, I wouldn't worry too much...but you might want to have Katie start that dance studio sometimes soon.

Katie, your flowers are amazing! I wish I could see your garden in person.